4 Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.
Be wise enough to know when to quit.
5 In the blink of an eye wealth disappears,
for it will sprout wings
and fly away like an eagle.
— Proverbs 23:4-5

In society today there’s a lot of pressure to succeed, make a name for yourself and strive for a large salary so you can live comfortably and provide for your family. While it’s honorable to want to take care of your family, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s really important when your focus is on working hard to make more money. The Book of Proverbs encourages us to work hard but many people fall into the trap of valuing money over relationships or knowledge or even God. People might work too many hours and neglect their families. They might value the money that they’re making so much that they grow greedy and don’t honor God by consistent tithes. They may even grow arrogant as they climb higher on the corporate ladder and foolishly choose to ignore the wisdom that God wants them to have.

Have you neglected loved ones because you were too busy with work? Perhaps you skipped a bedtime story for your child because you had a deadline. Or maybe you avoided a family dinner because you had an important project at work. Possibly you missed church because you were exhausted from the long work week.

The sad truth is that it’s easy to get wrapped up in your career and striving for success but at the end of your life it’s not the long hours that you worked that you’re going to remember. Rather it’s those bath times with your babies, those school plays and graduations, the family vacations and celebrations and most importantly those times you and your family were able to worship and pray together and grow stronger through Christ. Those are the times that matter. And in the end, after sacrificing experiences and relationships (both with loved ones and God) all that money can’t even go with you.

So build the foundation of your life on God. Let Him work through you to strengthen your relationships and your sense of self. Cherish your loved ones and don’t be deceived by the promise of riches because if you honor God, He will provide for you.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:19

Lord, help us to see what’s really important in this life. Guide us so that we don’t take our faith, families and friends for granted. Please don’t let us get wrapped up in the rat race of life that we neglect the most important parts of it. We are so grateful that you always provide for us and we take comfort in the fact that if we honor You, You will honor us. Amen.